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post #1 of 11 Old 03-05-2011, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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Getting fat or baby belly?

No, this is not the typical "is my mare preggo" thread... I know that my mare is in foal as she's been ultrasounded twice to confirm... what I'd like to know is your opinion on whether my mare is actually getting a baby belly or if she's just getting a hay belly. I have attached a couple pics... one from the day we brought her home (Feb. 4, 2011) and one from today (Mar. 4, 2011). It's only been a month and she's not getting too much hay IMO nor is she getting more than the recommended amount of feed.. as a matter of fact she gets less!! She's not showing any signs of fat deposits on any of the "usual" places other than her belly getting rounder.. She's only at 168 days so there's no way she should be showing all that much at this point... at least I don't think so anyways.

Sorry for the crappy angles/lighting.

First, here's a pic of her from her previous owner taken right around the time of breeding:







Here's one from the day we brought her home:


And finally, the pic I took this evening right before we left the barn:



Just for good measure I'm also posting a close-up of her belly... I know it doesn't really show anything but here it is anyways:


I realize that you can't tell anything from photos, especially ones that are all from different angles but I am just looking for opinions on if y'all think she's just getting fat or if she might actually be getting an early baby belly.

TIA for any replies.
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post #2 of 11 Old 03-05-2011, 07:21 AM
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How long has it been since she's been wormed?
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post #3 of 11 Old 03-06-2011, 11:20 AM
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I"m curious what answers you get because my brother's mare has the same problem...
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post #4 of 11 Old 03-07-2011, 12:35 AM
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Hey I recognize the unique red and white barn. How are they settling in there?

Thank you for knowing the answer as you already had a vet out, it drives me insane when people ask those questions.

I think she looks preggo as I know you are doing the feed and hay.

Happy dance, am going to sneak a snuggle with her this week.
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post #5 of 11 Old 03-07-2011, 02:23 AM
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When do baby bellies start to show up?

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post #6 of 11 Old 03-07-2011, 08:15 AM
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Depends on the mare. Some never show one and some show one almost from the time of being bred. Most mares are somewhere in the middle though.
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post #7 of 11 Old 03-07-2011, 08:27 AM
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Ive never been near a preggo horse... So I know nottin! but she is pretty! Good luck with her!

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I think that its normal baby belly. I think some show more than others do every mare is totally different. She really doesn't look all that big, just a bit chunky :)

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post #9 of 11 Old 03-15-2011, 04:41 PM
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To me it looks like a baby belly, my mare never showed a baby belly with her colt. Though I guess its all different with the mare.
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post #10 of 11 Old 03-15-2011, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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First off I'd like to apologize for not replying sooner... today was the first time I actually got an email letting me know that there were replies

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Hey I recognize the unique red and white barn. How are they settling in there?

Thank you for knowing the answer as you already had a vet out, it drives me insane when people ask those questions.

I think she looks preggo as I know you are doing the feed and hay.

Happy dance, am going to sneak a snuggle with her this week.
They're all doing well right now and since we figured out a schedule that works well for everyone as far as "out" time goes it's all good. Sahara is always alone as she would rather try to kill the younguns that try to get along so we alternate the times they're out.

The vet was out tonight to give her her pneumabort (sp) shot and do a rectal exam to confirm that she's still in foal... he gave her a little sedation to do the rectal and she almost fell over when trying to turn.. it was so funny to watch her try to walk. Vet confirmed that she was right on target for her dates and also told me he felt the baby move!! YAY!!! He collected a fecal sample to test for worms and I'll get the results tomorrow but he also told me that her growing belly is definitely from the baby.. I asked him what I asked y'all and he said she's in perfect body condition. That made me feel so good

Sooo... Alex, did you in fact go out there to see them ?? Hubby wanted me to tell you that if you haven't then you better get yer skinny butt out there to look at our horses... while we're there hopefully!! AND you owe him a beer!! LOL

Vet told me that he'll be back at the end of April to give her the second shot and that he'll work on the other two at that time.. they just need a shot each and then he'll check everyone's teeth at the same time.

Now all I gotta do is get a farrier out... *sigh*

Thanks for all the replies... and I'm sorry I didn't get back to y'all sooner!
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